Explore the mature forests on AOA’s beautiful 144-acre Stone Canyon Preserve in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills geology. We will walk parts of the property to survey and identify medicinal plants growing on the site. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and tips for growing them on your own property. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value, et al.).
AOA’s Stone Canyon Preserve is located in the greater Hocking Hills region and includes a variety of habitats including a blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood forest environments as well as a grassland prairie and wetlands.
This medicinal plant walk will be led by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens and Columbus, Ohio. Erika utilizes her knowledge of and passion for medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region to teach, lecture and write on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, and clinical efficacy.
The walk will last approximately two+ hours. We will be very informal since there is so much to see and discuss! This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Bring: Drinks of your choice, snacks, lunch for those wanting to eat in the woods. We will take a break to eat at the head of the gorge and enjoy the peace and serenity of the sheer rock bluffs and deep forest environs. Walking poles if desired for the steeper slopes. Insect repellant is desirable.
Location: Stone Canyon is located northwest of Sugar Grove off Tarkiln Road on the west side of Highway 33. Please look for AOA signs at the driveway entrance on Tarkiln Road. Follow the driveway back past the house. Go through the open gate and past the gas well to the power line right-of-way where we will park. The Google map address for the property is 1601 Tarkiln Road, SE, Lancaster, OH, 43130.